When I was sixteen, I went through a spiritual crisis. I was interacting with a lot of atheists online and found myself asking the question, “out of all the hundreds of religions in the world, how do I know I was born into the right one?” I decided to do some research. During a two week break from school, I locked myself in my room and did nothing but pushups and research. I ended up discovering so much.
I became convinced that Jesus of Nazareth really was who he said he was and had really done what he said he did. Including rise from the dead. My two weeks of solitude and study resulted in a 31 page paper, for my own personal study. I mentioned this paper during youth group on Sunday, and a number of you asked to read it.
Here is the paper in its entirety, with a shorter version provided.
Did Jesus Rise? (Longer version, more technical)
Jesus, Risen? (Shorter, more popular level version)